A technicality error could have been the reason for letting Disney/Pixar’s Soul from getting a nomination for the Academy Awards for Best Original Score.
It made into the shortlist of Oscar for recognition as a Best Original Score nominee, but only after an exception was made for the amount of its musical content.
The Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences requires the music in a Best Original Score nominee to be no less than 60 percent original music composed specifically for the film. Many films get disqualified because some of their music originally appeared elsewhere or because they come short of the 60 percent requirement.
Soul is composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and a jazz score written by Jon Batiste. Reznor’s and Ross’s work fell short of the 60 percent requirement, and Batiste’s work would typically be regarded as “source music” and thus not part of the main score. But the committee considered it.
We are glad it finally made to the Oscars or else it would have been a great opportunity lost. We hope no such things get avoided by the makers in future to be on the safe side.